Busy summer days here in Downtown Eugene. A month-long Visual Arts Festival kicked off mid-week.
Temporary street signs like this one point to the various Festival venues around town. And then Sunday was the Downtown Neighborhood's weekend for Sunday Streets.
Streets normally open to traffic were closed off for walking and different forms of non-motorized transportation. It's fun to see people taking advantage of the safe streets. Walking, many kinds of bicycles, a few skateboards, lots of young moms and dads pushing strollers and keeping an eye on toddlers and small children riding starter bikes.
It's hot again though -- and the happiest kids were probably those who got to splash in the fountain at the mid-city park blocks .... or who got to indulge in a treat from this people-powered ice cream cart.
This Artist was enlisting the public's help in creating this colorful mural. People could leave messages on the kaleidoscope-like flower petals and shapes. The paper sign on the hummingbird says 'please don't draw on the birds' but obviously some of the passersby couldn't read. I hope she is able to paint over those 'contributions', while leaving the ones that are where they are supposed to be. This is the second year of a push to create murals in the City, but we have not been super impressed with most of them. Honestly this is the first one I've really liked.
The mural creation was part of the Visual Arts Festival of course, but these other entertainment venues around town were there because of Eugene Streets. There was entertainment on most every corner of the downtown blocks .... as always with street entertainment, something for everyone.
And on every corner -- festival or not -- there are beautiful hanging baskets or flower boxes. Kudos to the City staff who keep these beautiful even in the 95 degree heat!
Random Saturday Farmer's Market picture of the week --- It's a visual festival every week.
THANK YOU to the hosts.